Dubai Global Connect Opens Visitor Centre

Dubai Global Connect Opens Visitor Centre
First building inside the 1 million square meter masterplan ready to welcome visitors with a unique experience.

Dubai, 27 January 2021

Dubai Global Connect (DGC) announced on Monday the inauguration of the DGC Visitor Centre, the first building to open officially within the megaproject. DGC, an initiative by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, was recently launched as a B2B wholesale market located in Dubai South and finalized construction of its Visitor Centre on October 20, 2020 as scheduled.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place following an initial soft-launch period, and was performed by HE Mohammed Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, in the presence of HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of the Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Majid Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Dubai Chamber. Cindy Morris, CEO of the Dallas Market Centre, with whom DGC signed a strategic alliance in 2020, also travelled to Dubai from Dallas to attend the ceremony. Other principals from DGC, the Investment Corporation of Dubai and Dubai South were also in attendance.

H.E. Mohammed I. Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD,) explained: “Throughout history, Dubai’s strategic location forged a rich legacy of commerce for the city, continued global ambition and a decisive role in international trade. DGC was initiated by ICD to build on this history of trade and we look forward to welcoming traders from around to the world to our Visitor Centre from today onwards.”

DGC will welcome visitors to the purpose-built, 4,000 square meters Visitor Centre where it will showcase the DGC ecosystem of services and products as a catalyst of growth for their business. DGC has created small-scale markets as part of this unique Visitor Centre experience where an initial selection of traders in Furniture & Living, Food, and Fashion will display their product ranges.

“We have always planned for the DGC Visitor Centre to be operational throughout EXPO2020, and we are proud to announce its completion as scheduled. Our vision for this space goes beyond promoting DGC and extends to providing a platform for trade to thrive while we work towards completing the remainder of the DGC wholesale market and surrounding ecosystem,” commented Douraid Zaghouani, COO of ICD and Chairman of DGC.

Designed by Rome-based Studio Fuksas, the iconic building is an architectural masterpiece located in Dubai South, between Al Maktoum Airport and Jebel Ali Port. The rest of the wholesale market is expected to be delivered in phases, with the first phase consisting of 400,000 square meters of dedicated trade facilities including on-site storage, boutique offices, an innovation hub and a smart service centre housing third party service providers.

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Dubai Global Connect (DGC) is the world’s first wholesale market with a global focus. An initiative of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), the “City of Trade” provides purpose-built facilities and supporting infrastructure in a year-round, origin-neutral market and expo where global buyers and sellers in furniture & home, food and fashion can connect and trade at scale. DGC is an ecosystem, conveniently located in geographically advantageous Dubai, dedicated to the growth of the industries it promotes and their global traders.


Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) is the principal investment arm of the Government of Dubai. It was established in May 2006 by decree (11) of 2006 and mandated with the consolidation and management of the Government of Dubai’s portfolio of commercial companies and investments. ICD was also assigned the provision of strategic oversight to portfolio companies through the development and implementation of effective corporate governance policies, and sound investment strategies. ICD is focused on maximizing stakeholder value for the long-term benefit of the Emirate.
ICD’s portfolio comprises some of Dubai’s most recognized companies, and represents a cross-section of vital economic sectors that the Government of Dubai has deemed strategic for the continued development and growth of the Emirate. The sectors include financial services, transportation, energy and industry, real estate and construction, hospitality and leisure, retail, and other holdings. In addition, ICD has embarked on a disciplined and sustainable strategy of global investments, which are synergistic with its existing portfolio, to extend Dubai’s presence and expertise into international markets.
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